Mr. Seward to Mr. Bigelow

No. 492.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt, of your despatch of the 14th of June instant, No. 338, which gives me the report of a debate in the Corps Legislatif on the Mexican question, with your comments thereon. I have been exceedingly interested in the debate, but it does not seem to call for any new instruction.

We are already aware that the understanding which has now happily been reached between the United States and France on the subject of Mexican affairs is not entirely satisfactory to some sanguine persons in the United States. Your despatch shows that it is equally unsatisfactory to many sanguine men in France. If, however, as we now assume, the French government shall entirely withdraw its forces, and desist from the further intervention in Mexico, in the manner and at the times heretofore agreed upon, we may expect and trust that Mexico will thereafter relieve both France and the United States of all concern about her affairs, and resume with renovated spirit her progress toward well-organized and discreet self-government.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


John Bigelow, Esq., &c., &c., &c.